Meditation is a spiritual dicipline first and formost with the goal of helping us too do just that STOP! When we meditate we step back from the frantic physical lives that we lead and we come too a stop. A place of peace where we can objectivly view the world around us, look at the roads that stand before us, and through careful thought and contemplation choose the path that is for us. Many people who teach meditation overlook this simple fact. That meditation is first off a way too slow down, stop, and relax ourselves. People tend too jump into focusing on things in the mind or opening chakras or whatnot and all these things are good but these are advanced concepts that require a good firm foundation too be effective.
Like the world in which we live, a balance of physical and spiritual so too is meditation. There is a physical aspect of meditation and there is a spiritual aspect of meditation. There are many techniques of meditation as well. Techniques that cover different aspects and accomplish many different things. So its not just sitting cross legged and chanting for hours and hours on end. It is a living and breathing form of spiritual dicipline that can change your whole prospective in life and is essential for any practitioner of the craft. Witches use meditation for this very purpose! So that we can step back from the physical lives we live and dance in the place between the worlds in tune with both aspects of reality and in a place to work true magick.
The last thing I want too say here in this article is this. Meditation is like most magick. Do not approach it with preconcieved notions of what will happen and what is supposed too happen. Work within your own means and keep an open mind too all things. And above all remember its ok too fall asleep!